Panic buying sees Tesco start rationing with buying limit of three items only on eggs, rice, soap and toilet roll

TESCO has put a buying limit of three items only on eggs, rice, soap, loo roll and other products.

The supermarket says it has good stock levels and the restrictions are to stop a repeat of shortages caused by panic-buying in March.

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It told customers to shop as they normally would.

However, more than 15 million panicking shoppers have given supermarkets record paydays, with £2.5billion rung through tills since Monday.

Customers were left facing empty shelves.

Lucy Smith, 27, found a four-pack of Yorkshire puds at Aldi in Burpham, West Sussex, only for someone to swipe them out of her trolley.

Shoppers faced two-hour queues for a record number of click-and-collect orders at non-essential Tier 4 retailers.

Tempers flared as shops mixed up orders and staff became overwhelmed.

Tracy Simpson, of Milton Keynes, said: “Morrisons’ click-and-collect was mayhem — a two-hour wait in the car park and the manager refused to talk to customers.”

Sources say most shops do not have the space to act as collection depots.

Amazon, Asos, M&S and other retailers promising next-day delivery saw an online boom.

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